Sun Mar 19 2023


Pacific Time
11:00 am


Presented by KlezCalifornia

Israeli Klezmorim in Concert!

Klezmer as played in the diaspora has a small audience in Israel, and the word itself even has a different meaning. Meaning roughly, “religious Ashkenazi music,” it can be stylistically quite different. In KlezCalifornia’s first online concert, we present two of the top bands playing klezmer as it is understood in the diaspora:

THE KALIMUTKE PHILHARMONIA is a paranormal fusion of two beloved traditions- early 20th century jazz from Paris, a.k.a. gypsy swing, and klezmer. KALIMUTKE was formed by four first-call musicians for the Yiddishshpiel production of Yidl Mitn Fidl in Tel Aviv, with a new musical arrangement by Frank London. The strong chemistry of the band was obvious to the entire cast and crew, as the band would keep playing during breaks and even after shows. KALIMUTKE performs original arrangements of virtuosic klezmer tunes by Dave Tarras, Naftule Brandwein and others, as well as original compositions. The members of Kalimutke are Gilad Ephrat – contrabass, Gilad Harel – clarinet, Daniel Hoffman – violin, and Yaakov Hoter – guitar.

DI GASN TRIO (Yiddish: trio from the streets) is an Israeli quartet who bring their own interpretation of Eastern European musical traditions, blending joy and sadness in their melodies. Founded by clarinetist Gal Klein and accordionist Yanush Hurwitz in 2012, the band now also includes Asaf Rabi on contrabass and Ori Naveh on percussion. They maintain the music styles of Eastern European cultures while renewing and refreshing the “old” culture, thus producing new Israeli folklore. They released albums in 2015, 2018 and 2022. Three members of the quartet will perform.

Tickets: $18 and $36. To buy a ticket, scroll down and complete the form. Please buy a $36 ticket or make an additional donation if several people will be watching. Donations in addition to the ticket price are tax-deductible and welcomed! No video will be available. The cost of this event is subsidized by a gift from The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

KlezCalifornia relies on donations to cover the costs of online lectures, workshops, kumzitsn, play readings, and more. Donations of $18, $36, $108 (or whatever you can afford) are greatly appreciated to enable us to continue to connect you with Yiddish culture.

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